Review: Three Squares

There are a lot of cool books that don’t change your life.  Because I have a huge ego, I imagine that authors find and cherish my reviews.  I always feel a little bad about reviewing a cool book that didn’t amaze me, because I think that the author would feel damned by faint praise.

Abigail Carroll has done a fine job with Three Squares.  It’s absolutely a cool book.

Her topic is the history of American eating habits from the 1600’s to today.  Those habits have been formed by and reflect the whole of the evolution of American culture and technology.  Seeing all that reflected in a taco truck on every corner is remarkable and fun.

Carroll does a great job of stepping back and letting all that shine through.  There aren’t any breathtaking insights or jaw-dropping expressions, but I learned a lot.


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